Regatta Day at Bray

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When: 01 January 1936

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It looks as if Event no. 9 has started - rowing, swimming, sailing? And away from the main action, do you think that workman is posing in a fetching manner especially for the photographer?

Date: Late 1930s??

NLI Ref: EAS_3870

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Leonard Bentley

    • 30/Jul/2013 08:40:30

    Hi, Here is a British Pathe newsreel of a Bray swimming club gala/regatta in 1926. www.britishpathe.com/video/bray-s-c-gala-aka-bray-regatta

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jul/2013 09:06:30

    From Bray Town Council's website: In 1932 the Eagles Nest ballroom and Café was built near the summit of the Head. The Eagles Nest was for many years the scene of popular dances and entertainment for locals and visitors alike. In 1946, Irish Holidays Limited bought the Eagles Nest and under the directions of Eamon Quinn built the Chairlift.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 30/Jul/2013 09:20:38

    Whilst we are in Bray, does anyone know where "Clifton Villa" was, and if it is still there? I am trying to find information about a rellie who lived and died there in 1873 - paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=NZ... . Bray looks like a good place to be.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jul/2013 09:30:58

    Obviously the Chairlift is not in this shot. I don't think the steps up to the Eagle's Nest are here either, but I haven't yet found out exactly when they were built.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jul/2013 09:38:43

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Here is Cliftonville House, Bray, built in 1868. Here's the OS 25" and Streetview

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jul/2013 09:54:46

    The Eagle's Nest was there before 1932: The Eagle's Nest Cafe was auctioned on 30th April 1931 (to whoever built the Ballroom, I suppose).

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jul/2013 09:57:12

    In 1942, the Irish Times has a reference to Bray Head Holiday Camp at the Eagle's Nest (P3, 23rd June). Could that be those tents?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 30/Jul/2013 10:00:52

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Thanks Niall, that is brilliant information. I imagine it is the right house even with the slight name difference.

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    Philip Ward

    • 30/Jul/2013 11:49:31

    The cross was erected in 1950 for the Holy Year,so this shot predates that.

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    swordscookie back and trying to catch up!

    • 30/Jul/2013 19:52:03

    I suspect the "Workman" striking the strange pose is a swimmer or oarsman getting changed either before or following a race:-) What look like the handles of spades might be those of paddles for canoes??? Dressing facilities were not exactly that sophisticated in those days. I togged out in ditches while playing rugby up to the late 60's and when rowing we often got dressed/undressed on the banks of the rivers! Looking at the mens and womens fashions I imagine that it is later than the 20's, probably late 30's early 40's???

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    swordscookie back and trying to catch up!

    • 30/Jul/2013 20:27:27

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] I looked up the 1901 census and there appears to be just one house on Convent Avenue, Clifton Ville or Villa. Two families appear to live there, Humphries and Doyle! I also looked up the name Henn on the census as I knew a family of that name. There were just a few of them around and the family I knew were from Athlunkard Street in Limerick. The most likely relative of yours is a lady in Foxrock or the family in Ballyvarra Castletroy outside Limerick. See link attached www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/results.jsp?census_...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 30/Jul/2013 22:44:33

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] Many thanks for that. I do know a lot about the Henn family (from Paradise House, Co.Clare, many of them lawyers and judges in Dublin in the C19th). I am particularly interested in Jonathan Henn, QC (1789-1873, never married, previously at 22 Upper Merrion Street, Dublin) because I have his portrait in oils sitting right behind me now, looking over my shoulder at this photo of Bray, where he ended his days. I have owned (or minded) the painting for about 40 years, and recently started to find out about him (the O'Connell connection is fascinating) - hence my initial interest in this NLI photostream. Back to this photo - I have a suspicion this is late 1920s/early 1930s from the hats - cloche, homburg, and cloth caps. No boaters (earlier) or trilbys (later?). There seems to be some kind of class distinction either side of that fence - homburgs this side; cloth caps t'other (speaking generally!).

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    Niall McAuley

    • 31/Jul/2013 12:49:39

    bernard0368 highlights a house to the right of the Bray Head hotel. Google streetview doesn't go up Grosvenor Avenue, but you can see the houses (semi-detached) in this Bing bird's eye view, and Google maps gives the house names as Inishowen House and Kilshane.

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    bernard0368

    • 31/Jul/2013 22:06:20

    Thanks Niall, I totally forgot Grosvenor ave. Every time I pass by I keep saying I should take a stroll along it.